S. Amon Hen loc. “Hill of Sight, (lit.) Hill of the Eye”

S. Amon Hen, loc. “Hill of Sight, (lit.) Hill of the Eye”

A hill on the shore of Nen Hithoel, companion to Amon Lhaw. This name was usually translated “Hill of Sight” (LotR/393), but more literally meant “Hill of the Eye” (LotR/400, PE17/77). It is a combination of amon “hill” and hen “eye”.

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts, this hill was first named ᴹQ. Tirmindon “*Watch Tower” (TI/364), but was soon changed to N. Amon Hen(n) (TI/364, WR/128).

References ✧ LotR/393, 400; LotRI/Amon Hen, Hill of the Eye; PE17/77



amon “hill, mountain with steep sides; lump, clump, mass”
hen(d) “eye” ✧ PE17/77 (Hen)

N. Amon Hen loc.

See S. Amon Hen for discussion.

References ✧ TI/364; TII/Amon Hen; WR/128; WRI/Amon Hen




amon “hill”
hên “eye”

ᴹQ. Tirmindon loc.

An earlier name for Amon Hen appearing in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s (TI/364), apparently a combination of some form of the root ᴹ√TIR having to do with watching and mindon “tower”, as suggested by Roman Rausch (EE/2.61).

References ✧ TI/364; TII/Amon Hen



ᴹ√TIR “watch, guard”
#mindon “(isolated) tower”